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this is the fourth time in recent months governor palin was scheduled to appear somewhere, but didn't -- backed out or just didn't show up, isn't miscommunication. if she winds up running for president, isn't somebody going to step in and say you can't skip the debate tonight just because the mentalist 1 on cbs and you want to watch that? >> i'm defending governor palin in this one. these particular events took place in alaska. listen, alaska, i don't mean to be cruel. sarah palin dumped you. it's time to move on. okay? i defend her in this. i'm sure you've been in this situation. you're in a relationship, it's run its course. want to end it. you say, let's just be friends, and then the other person just purely out of desperation and spite is like, well, then if we're friends you should come and speak at my event, since we're flends and all. sarah palin is like, okay. then a week later what am i doing? i don't need 20 do this. just move on. when sarah palin said she wanted to be friends, she just wanted not to be weird when you bumped into each other. like, oh, alaska. do you know iowa? iowa, alaska. >> and yet here she goes
inviting all friends to watch glenn beck subpoena that the way to earn browny pints to get her own show? if that's the case, will she send out a facebook message saying don't watch his show. watch mine. >> i want to know who the people are who are avid sarah palin facebook readers but aren't aware of glenn beck. a bit of a cross. i agree with what you said about the death panels and you don't read newspaper, fwhaut guy is crazy. >> who? i never heard of him. comedian christian finnegan, as always, great fun. >> bye-bye. that's "countdown" for this 2,310th day since the previous president delaired defeat in iraq. keith olbermann, good night. twisted rhetoric gend health care reform, ladies and gentlemen, a warm welcome back to what's left of rachel maddow. >> good evening, keith. >> okay. see you later! >> thanks, keith. and thank you at home for
tuning in and thank you as keith implied for bearing with me if i sound like i've got a little frog in my throat this evening. we begin tonight with the gal vannizing of the democratic party. in the wake of the loss of massachusetts senator ted kennedy. this week senator kennedy of course defined health care as the cause of his life, whether or not his inspiration will be enough to bring democrats together to finally pass the kind of healreform fought for f year, the first remains to be seen. as democrats do fail at reforming health care now, they have only themselves to blame, because as the democrats in the wake of kennedy's death have at least tried to pull together on health reform, republicans have really fallen apart. today is the only national elected republican figure in the country, the head of the republican party, michael steele, gave an interview to national public radio in which he really struck out swinging. appearing utterly confused and tied up in knots over the most
basic issues of health care. what his position is. what he has said in the past and what he's now trying to unsay. you have to hear this. here he is speaking with npr host steve. just a portrait of this. >> with a couple of paragraphs of writing we need to protect medicare you write you oppose president obama's "plan for a government run health care system." you're a veteran public policy official. you're aware medicare is a government run health care. >> look how it's run. that's my point. take medicare and make it writ-large across the country. because, how many times have we been to the --
>> wait a minute! exactly. no. i hate government-run health care. since you already have it, butter not mess with it, eve be though it's totally broken. ooh. strike one. strike two, mr. steele's decision to go in the same interview with a fact-free declaratory statement about what the health reform debate has been like so far. >> okay. i understand the need to make short declarative statements in
order to sound like you're not confused anymore, but don't make them about something like this. because if there's one thing we can all absolutely positively, left, right and center agrow on, scare tactics have been used. >> cannot have a government program that is going to pull the plug on grandma. >> republicans have a better solution that will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government. >> a lot of people are going to die. this program of government options is going to kill people. >> and no one's trying to scare people with sound bites. i don't know any leaders in the house and the senator who have done that. yeah, strike two. then there was strike three. a republican party mailer being sent across the country with was surfaced online today. called the 2009 future of american health care survey and it claims to be a friendly questionnaire about health care, sent by, rnc chairman michael steele who promises that, of
course, no one's trying to scare people, the survey questions about house reform include, "it has been suggested that the government could use voter re h registration. prompting fears that gop voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a democratic imposed health care rationing system." does this possibility concern you? health care reform, really a secret plot to kill republican, which it totally might be, wouldn't that scare you? really, no one's trying to scare people. i swear. in the horrible hobsean and mischaracterizations, the health care debate this summer thus far, this one, this health reform is a secret plot to kill republicans offered up by the republican party itself was so bad that the republican party actually had to apologize for it today. they called it "inartfully
worded." apology or not, democrats seem increasingly aware the republican party as a whole really isn't here to help on health reform. now the question is, will any republicans decide that they would like health reform more than they'd like to stand with their party on this issue? joining us now is democratic congressman anthony wiener of new york. he sits on the house energy and kmes committee and the health subcommittee. nice to see you not on a friday. >> it's my pleasure. thanks. welcome to queens. >> are you standing in a median right now? >> no. i was just -- seems that way. a parkway. i'm in enough they wouldn't hit me, anyway. >> fair enough. you and i have talked a number of times about misinformation about health kay reform coming from republican members of congress. the republican party itself sending a survey to people asking whether or not they think health care reform might about plot to deprive republicans of medical care. your reaction? >> well, the republicans are so
furious about trying to stop any type of reform at all that they're be to self-immolate. seems they'll say or do just about anything. you have the chair of the republican national committee putting out the most vigorous defense of a single pair player health care plan i can imagine and quickly running away from that notion and today the glad your voter registration form will be used to somehow pull the plug on granny. look, the bottom line here is that republicans and many folk on the right fundamentally don't believe that government should do anything to try to solve the problems of this country. that's why they lost the house, the senate, the white house. now there's a team in charge and the democrats, we're not getting everything exactly right. i've had problems with the steps we've taken. to see with don't need to try to fix health care and somehow this is an assault on our constitution or on our way of life is just absurd and i think more and more americans are seeing that. >> that's what coming down to
the end of the august recess. is it your sense that democrats have realizes that they may have to go it alone on health care reform? they may not get any republican votes, at least where they were expecting them, and do you think republicans need support in health reform? >> let me make it clear. i think there are a lot of republican citizens of the country who understand this a lot better than their leaders do. it's also clear the republicans in the senate and house think the only way they can dwayne any traction and get back into the majority is by simply voting no on anything and being a general no party. if that's the case, we can't afford to just sitting around negotiating with ourselves. i can't remember the last time i saw a republican member of the united states senate stand up and say, here's the things i'd like to have in a bill. all i've heard them say is what they're against. >> do you think that senator kennedy dying this week is going to have a practical impact on what a final bill ultimately looks like? he, of course, was the chair of
the senate health committee. is it possible that that bill will gain more traction now as opposed to the one that's been held up so long in the finance committee? >> i think the active legislating in this issue will be just as hard with or without senator kennedy the blessed memory. i will say this. i think more and more people reading about senator kennedy's life, reading about things like the american disabilities act didn't just happen. it was widely opposed. the idea of health care was opposed by many in congress and many today and these things had to overcome similar scare tactic campaigns as we're seeing today. seeing the history written for people and people having a chance to see it on local television and read about it in the newspaper i think it is going to improve conditions for this debate. i think a lot of americans realize that with senator kennedy what he offered was ideas on how to improve people's lives. that's what this discussion should be about. >> from tra perspective, you have championed the glad a single payer option, a single
payer program, ought to still be on the table. ought to be one of the things we are discussing when we're thinking about how to reform health care. how goes your fight to keep the option of single pay are alive? >> i would point out that the notion of medicare for all americans was something that senator kennedy was carrying in the united states senate. increasingly as we see arguments like the one that you had carried out on your show at the top, you know, people like the head offed republican national committee arguing on one hand that he loved the single payer option. on the other hand, he lovers it only up to a point has gotten people to think about what makes medicare a success. sure, it has financing problem, but we know, for example, that every dime that goes into medicare goes into health care and doesn't go into profits and overhead. we're gaining traction. now, it's going to be tough, but frankly it's going to be tough to get anything done, but i'm comfortable make ang argument. i want to step back and watch steele argue with himself for a while. that seems to be the best case are single payer health care. >> anthony wiener of new york,
thanks again for your time tonight and make sure somebody gets you safely out of traffic there. okay? >> thank you. >> thanks. we've had news today that the extremist group that allegedly gave information about dr. george tiller's whereabouts to the man who eventually killed dr. tiller identified the new doctor they consider to be public enemy number one now that dr. till hear been killed. that man, the new public enemy number one joins us next to respond. stay with us for that. first, one more thing about health reform. today's "rachel maddow show" for excellence, bob of "the washington post." health reform legislation will be named for senator ted kennedy, it must follow the principles that senate kennedy fought for during his life. it must cover everything, be affordable, deliver quality care to all americans. if that seems too much to remember, tuck away in your mind
live pictures from the john f. kennedy presidential library in boston where people are filing through, paying final respects to senator ted kennedy who, of course, died tuesday night. the doors to the jfk library will remain open to the public at least until 11:00 eastern tonight and then open again tomorrow at 8:00. so far at least 12,000 people have paid their respects. stay with us. progressive.
if over here you have the incoherent postrational threat'sing activity of the anti-protesters this aurm snd over here the incoherent violence hostility of the anti-abortion movement, this is what they look like when they both happen at once. [ chanting ] >> the guy screaming, "howard dean is a baby killer" is randall terry. he may look familiar because he make as living doing this. a day after the kansas abortion dr. george tiller wars assassinated mr. terry gave a press conference calling dr.
tiller a mass murderer saying he reaped what he sow. shortly thereafter one of the handful of doctors in the u.s. who still does abortions gave a speech in denver, he said in august 1993, randall terry on the national christian radio broadcast invited listeners to assassinate. since no longer with that group, they sent out a fund-raising appeal celebrating the fact dr. tiller's clinic has been closed and they're calling for action this weekend against another doctor who does abortions. his nape is dr. leroy carhardt and he practices in nebraska. a fund-raising appeal showing a pick che of dr. carhardt and a picture of his clinic, operation rescue says this is leroy carhardt who plans to take tiller are's place as the number one abortionist in america. with your help we can stop him. now that george tiller's mill is
closed forever, leroy carhardt plans to take his place, open a new butchering mill he already operates in nebraska. kniss is where operation rescue comes in. as you know our years of fighting george tiller makes us highly experienced in how to peacefully and legally shut down these late-term abortionists. we will be in omaha and at carhardt's abortion mill on august 28th and 29th to encourage and train pro-lifer, working with us on this project to stop him from becoming the next george tiller. carhardt's snay nebraska could be numbered. head of operation rescue signs the letters, yours for the babies, and asks for donations. womens groups across nebraska and kansas and other states are asking for counterprotesters to show up on saturday in nebraska as well as to block the operation rescue folk. in the middle of it all, there stands our next guest. joining us, dr. leroy carhardt,
friend and colleague of the late dr. george tiller. one of the phi remaining in this country who performs late abortions. tomorrow and saturday he will face protesters from the wichita based anti-abortion group operation rescue. thank you for your time toenchts thank you for inviting me, ms. maddow. >> you've had a long history of dealing with protesters and threats. how are you and your staff preparing for this weekend? >> well, we are still seeing patients. we -- and we have not cancelled any appointments. i'm -- i have to say i'm getting a complete feedback of everything i say about two seconds later. so i'm having trouble thinking here. >> okay. i'll ask them to trn you down there. hopefully this will still work. you signal if it isn't working. >> i'll turn it down so i can answer this question. what we're doing with our -- our staff, we had patients scheduled and i'm sure that they were well aware of that when they made the
arrangements to come this weekend. we were off last weekend. we will be off next weekend. we are not cancelling any patients. we have tried to meet with all the local authorities to ensure that, first of all, things remain peaceful and second of all, that access for our clients is not denied. >> can you hear me while i ask you a question? is this going to work? >> i can hear you now. thank you. yes. >> operation rescue is an organization that worries me, frankly. they blockaded dr. tiller's clinic, relocated their headquarters to wichita because of his clinic. an ex-convict, former clinic bomber on his staff admitted to having multiple conversations with dr. tiller's alleged killer about the doctor before the murder and latest fund raising b shutting you down. i worry about you as a fellow american and i worry about
anti-abortion extreme as terrorism. do you feel enough is being done to prct you and your staff? >> i think the local authorities are doing everything they can. i think the national law enforcement agencies also are, but i think congress needs to get involved. i think the biggest omission so far is they're not identifying anti-abortion terrorism as hate crimes. certainly murdering a doctor in his church is a hate crime. most of us that perform abortions are very religious people. we believe that abortion is both a moral right and a religious right. the anti-s think they have a moral majority in the country, however, there are 41 different countries that belong to the reproductive choice. they all support abortion as an option, but, of course, not the option and none of us include
myself think that abortion is the right answer for every pregnancy. >> "newsweek" wrote a long profile of you this month, and they noted in that profile that before so many doctors were killed in the '90s, there was something like 2,700 doctors in the u.s. who did abortions as part of their practice. the most recent numbers say that it's down to about 1,800 now. a very big drop-off. because you're so much in the spotlight, do you flare doctors and medical students considering whether or not to include abortion in their practice? >> i have heard quite a bit from doctors. in fact, since dr. kitill ter's murd i have begun training second career physician, both well established in they're primary medical fields and they want to give something back to the community, and they came to me asking me to train nem abortions. i also have a list of about a dozen abortion provider already that want to be trained to do
the late seconds and the third trimester abortions. and take them back to their home states. so i -- you know, i think that's been a catalyst even though we tremendously miss the loss of dr. tiller. it has -- it has helped to galvanize the movement for abortion providers and even medical students for choice have came out now, and they're starting to become more vocal and demanding training in their own institutions. >> the more people know about that as a response to this horrible murder, the more people would hope terrorism is going to work in this case. dr. leroy carhart, thank you for joining us. good luck to you, sir. >> thank you. so if were you to read some of the news today you would find that the late senator edward kennedy was known for being a centrist. a compromiser. actually a fairly conservative guy for a democrat. that and other shameless
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that reform won't hurt medicare. it will actually strengthen it by eliminating billions of dollars in waste and lowering drug prices. tell congress not to let myths get in the way of fixing what's broken with health care. learn the facts at healthactionnow.org. people are still arriving at the john f. kennedy library in boston to pay respects to the late senator ted kennedy. the library will host a memorial service tomorrow night. senator kennedy's funeral mass is scheduled for 10:30 eastern time saturday morning.
he will be laid to rest at 5:30 p.m. eastern time at arlington national cemetery alongside his brothers. on capitol hill, the tributes to senator kennedy from democrats and republicans have been undoubtedly heartfelt. that said, there is a notable theme emerging in the comments on kennedy's passing from many republicans. it's an insinuation or in some cases an outright argument if senator kennedy were alive today to put out the right kind of bill, these republicans might actually be voting for health reform. >> had teddy been health around strong the first thing he would have done would call me and say let's get this done. >> ted kennedy has a long history of being involved in this in a variety of ways. >> -- over the last few moss probably would have reached some sort of consensus agreement. >> in other words, if only ted kennedy were still. if only he had a health care
bill, those republicans say they'd vote for that. you know, ted kennedy did have a health care bill. senator kennedy was chair of the health education and labor pension committee approved a health care reform package in july. it's called the kennedy bill. senator kennedy helped write that bill. senators hatch and mccain and greg all voted against it. but the revisionist history goes deeper. they aren't just saying they would have voted for a kennedy let care bill, even though they had the kansas and wouldn't, they're saying they would have voted for a health care bill because ted kennedy would have compromise with them, because ted kennedy was all about making concessions to republicans. i. would hope that his example of working together, coming together, in the spirit of compromise for this sake and good of the american people would have some affect. >> and he always was willing to reach an agreement, if it was
reasonable, to try to move things along. >> we met for an hour about a couple months ago, and he said i'd really like to get this done and, of course i was prepared to try and put it together in a way that would really bring both sides together. >> apparently in the history of ted kennedy's life and work, mentioned by the gop today, senator ken dip was the great compromiser, ready to water down health care reform to bring republicans onboard. of course, in the actual history of ted kennedy's life and work he always said that -- i say this without a hint of shyness he was a liberal to spent the last four decades fighting to get health coverage for every american and a wash in this mainstream republican revisionist is history about ted kennedy, the great compromising moderate centrist, we're face warnings from the right now about how they intend to go after senator kennedy's memorial service this weekend. conservative water led by those writing on national view online
are already predicting and criticizing what they're calling a politicized memorial service. their message is don't talk about ted kennedy as a liberal at this memorial service, and doan even think about making liberal sound like a good thing. otherwise, conservatives will be upset. joining us now, chris, good to see you. thanks for joining us. >> thanks, rachel. >> the service hasn't taken place yet, obviously. on the right it is already being criticized for being political. what's your reaction to this? >> well, it's pretty shameful. i mean, it's hard to take rhetoric from, you know, the right wing fringe that have been championing some of the most vitriolic rhetoric against whether it's health care, let alone senator kennedy over the years. it's kind of shameless that this is the kind of tact they're taking to basically suggest that those are going to go up and eulogize senator kennedy and talk about the man, his career, his incredible accomplishments,
somehow they'll be lectured by the right wing about what is appropriate. it's pretty shameless, and i would say actually disgusting, bus it is what it is. >> chris, we have seen only on the fringe of the fringe, far right attack on senator kennedy so far. i'm sure that they will start if they haven't started more in earnest soon. and i don't mean top say that those people who have attacked him already shouldn't be teased and made fun of for having done so, but it hasn't been a mainstream attack from republican at this point. that said, we are seeing a real reimagining of ted kennedy as if he was not a liberal. as if his real legacy was he was sort of in between democrats and republicans somehow. as if he was a centrist. is it hard for the right to sit by while somebody who is lauded as a liberal? >> i think it's difficult. i mean it is kind of interesting considering the fact that the right and the republican mainstream attacks senator
kennedy for decades, and he was fund-raising, or in commercials, for their very own political ends. i agree republicans like senator mccain and others have been kind in terms of their words, but in terms of how i would say revising senator kennedy the legacy and his record, was he bipartisan in the sense that he worked with republicans on issues like education, immigration, health care at times? absolutely, but i don't think anyone can actually argue he was not an incredibly powerful liberal voice that woke up every day as a senator and fought for the very causes that he cared about in terms of improving poor people's lives, providing health care, improving education option, and in terms of his health care debate, this notion of somehow that we could find a compromise, i have yet to hear any suggestion from any republicans including the three that were just mentioned, what that compromise would be. tell us. we would like -- democrats would like to know. the reality is, they're compromise is, no health care
reform. >> chris, we have seen something like this before in liberal politics. the right wing on the attack for the funeral of the great senator paul wellstone. they attacked it that as being a celebration and rededication to his political goals, and to his political morals, is there rezich well resentment for having been attacked for the way they mourned senator wellstone? could this end up being a really big fight? >> there's some residual resentment, it was distasteful when that happened. in term of senator kennedy, i think it will be a very respectful affair but i have no doubt and appropriately so talk about his incredible accomplishments. define him as public servant pap man who spent nearly five decades fighting for issues that i and so many americans care about. the notion that you shouldn't talk about that, the notion you shouldn't talk about health care and these other issues i actually think to would be
inappropriate. i think they'll do a great service to a great public servant. >> democratic strategist, thanks for joining us. >> thanks. coming up on "countdown," talking to congresswoman maxine waters about what a kansas republican congresswoman could have meant when she said that the gop is looking for it's great white hope. next on this show, republicans are busy trying to re-invent senator ted kennedy as the great compromiser and centrist. recently unearthed footage of a classic ted kennedy speech i think you have not seen serves as testament of what he really was. an unawe paul jetic very proud liberal. see for yourself in a minute. and first, political implications of the death of senator kennedy, no longer "u.s. news answers world report" just "u.s. news" might run mitt romney as their candidate for ted kennedy the seat in the u.s. senate. picked up and run with by conservative bloggers and
playing a useful role for all bloggers in the united states serving as simple direct fail-safe stupid omiter. mitt romney was governor of massachusetts for one term wherepon he quit rather than try get re-elected on the 34% approval rating in the state. mitt romney's voters in massachusetts hated him so much for quitting his approval rating was lower than governor ernie fletcher's rating at the time, had just been indicted thrice, and the greatest legacy, hand pigging his successor, a republican healy to run for the governorship after he step downed. she lost by 21 points's in now mitt romney doesn't even fake live in massachusetts anymore. sold his multi-million dollar mansion earlier this year. still, though, this conservative dream the voters of massachusetts are poised to elect mitt romney to ted kennedy's senate seat is a very useful thing.
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on it which says it was sold by the louvre to the museum of space, space, space, space, space, kuwait. it you're keeping track of this heist at home, note that the tag has the louvre and the museum of kuwait all in lower case. like it's an e.e. cummings poem or text or something. the other words on the tag are misspelled and the louvre doesn't actually sell anything that in its collection, and the louvre has nover had a picasso. but other than that, this is totally the "tom crown affair." who do not refill their prescriptions on time. readyfill at cvs pharmacy automatically refills my prescriptions and reminds me to pick them up. you mean, reminds me to pick them up. [ chuckles ] stop by your local cvs pharmacy to ask if readyfill is right for you, and get a $25 coupon book.
left politically convenient revisionism. clouds the relegacy of senator edward m. kennedy, we refer you to a keynote speech he made on april 7, 196 at the alaska democratic convention, that year in sitka, alaska. originally senator rob kennedy was slated to give the address. after martin luther king was assassinated three days before this speech, bobby kennedy decided to stay behind in washington to monitor the reaction. he sent his younger brother ted to give the speech instead. what then 36-year-old senator edward kennedy delivered was not compromising. it was not moderate. it was a liberal homage to civil rights. it was a pretty darn good soliloquy about this itself.
a contractor working for the alaska staut library found an open reel simply marked "ted kennedy sitka." here with senator edward kennedy. watch this. >> if any man ever doubted the good intentions of his fellow man, if any man ever wondered whether institutions of government could be responsive to human needs, if any man ever yearned for a way of life that satisfied his desires for human freedom and dignity, he could look to america. this was our image in truth. this was america as we knew it, as we brew in it and as we have taught our the weakness of our society is the weakness in ourselves. within each and every one of us who are complacent, who are doing well, who realize the comforts of material gains and who are above all else,
apathetic. wheres the moral and strength within us? the qualities of character that we attribute and to our children of the american heroes who have gone before us. i, for one, do not feel we are any less than our forebearers. i, for one, do not feel that there is anyone within this room who has less courage, less conviction or is any less dedicated to the american dream than generations taught, but i do feel in a few short years we have let events master us rather than lead them. i feel in our great history we have fallen into a lapse. we have refused each and every one of us to exercise the talent and character bred into us. as a result, in land that was created on the judeo-christiane
ideals of love and brotherhood, we let the haters take the lead and we are paying that price today as we have paid for it many days and nights in this difficult sector. we are where we are because we are all of us passing through life with our own personal bleeders on. we feel a warm glow in our hearts when we hear the elegance of a martin luther king. we collect our tongues over the agitators in the streets and call them outside trouble makers or neer do-wells. we are all decent men and women of good faith and we are all very busy with our careers and with our families. all too busy with our own concerns to fight injustice, to fight poverty, and to fight ill will in the immediate world
around us. as a united states senator, my message to you today is very simple. we don't need to lose and mislead ourselves if we feel we lift a personal burden from our shoulder by passes pieces of legislation, as important as that is, if we feel legislation can be our only response to our fellow men who are deprived. beyond that, i would say no matter how the most difficult questions of vietnam, no matter how we meet the future challenges in the middle east, no matter how strong the controls we develop over the horror of atomic weapons, and no the matter how we face the domestic problems, education for our young and housing and roads for the most distant spots of america, no matter how well we
do these things, they will only be the epitaph of a great nation that could not bind its own wounds within itself, and as a result lost itself. if laws do not meet the needs, and they don't, if speeches will not meet the need, and they won't, if marches and demonstrations won't meet the need, and they won't, where are we to turn? we can only turn to ourselves. >> recently unearthed footage of the proud liberal ted kennedy speaking in alaska 1968, just days after the murder of martin luther king. we just heard from the kennedy family that the line of people waiting to pay their respects to senator kennedy at the jfk library in boston right now apparently stretches for 3 1/2 hours. we'll be right back. ome to prog.
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we turn now to the chief of our many, many performance art correspondents, kent jones. hi, kent. >> hi, rachel. welcome back. or should i say echinecea. when is it okay to dance in public without your clothes? new york's metropolitan museum of art. what better place to pause, reflect, party naked? model casey neal and photographer zach hyman got their freak on at the met gallery yesterday after waiting